Jeff Choate hints at some signing day ‘surprises’ for Texas football

Jeff Choate, Texas Football (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
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A pretty smooth start to the first Early National Signing day of this cycle for the 2023 Texas football recruiting class could have some twists and turns around the corner. Texas has signed most of the commitments to the 2023 recruiting class as of the morning of Dec. 21 (NSD1).

But head coach Steve Sarkisian and his staff could have something up their sleeves when it comes to some surprises and twists on the first signing day.

That was made apparent when Texas co-defensive coordinator/linebackers coach Jeff Choate had something interesting to say to the folks at Longhorn Network on the morning of Dec. 21. Choate told LHN that “we have a few more surprises coming I think”, referring to some positive news coming from the recruiting trail for the Longhorns.

There are a few decisions that are up in the air pertaining to key Texas recruits heading into NSD1. And it sounds like Texas is bound to get at least a couple of these key recruits during the Early Signing Period if Choate’s statement here is any indication of what’s to come.

Texas football co-DC/LB coach Jeff Choate hints at some “surprises coming” on NSD1

A few of the outstanding recruits to note for the Longhorns 2023 class as of the morning of the first signing day are as follows:

  • 4-Star Skyridge (UT) LB/EDGE Tausili Akana
  • 4-Star St. John Bosco (CA) WR DeAndre Moore Jr.
  • 4-Star Waco Connally (TX) LB/ATH Jelani McDonald
  • 4-Star Fort Worth North Crowley (TX) TE Ka’Morreun Pimpton
  • 3-Star Pebblebrook (GA) DB Tyler Scott

Among the defensive recruits that Texas is still in on heading into the first signing day, the only one that is set to actually announce his decision on Dec. 21 is Akana. The plan for the other two, Scott and McDonald, is to sign on Dec. 21 and then announce in early January.

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Choate and the Longhorns have solidified a pretty good defensive class up front already, highlighted by the elite five-star Denton Ryan linebacker Anthony Hill. And it looks like Texas could get even better along the front seven with Choate’s hints on Dec. 21.

According to the 247Sports Team Composite Rankings, the 2023 Texas recruiting class currently ranks at No. 4 in the nation and in the top spot in the Big 12 ahead of the Oklahoma Sooners.